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Générations Futures: French government ‘ignoring advice on pesticides’

Générations Futures recently condemned serious irregularities in pesticide authorisations in France. As a result of this negligence, more than forty dangerous pesticides have been allowed to remain on the market when they should have been phased out or restricted.

Supported by their review based on concrete data, Générations Futures plans to file a complaint against the French government for “endangering the life of others”. A demand will be made to the Ministry of Agriculture that problematic approvals are withdrawn and an appeal will be lodged for “wrongful failure to act” by the State.

The French NGO urges the Minister of Agriculture to take the necessary measures to suspend or immediately withdraw all pesticides approvals for which there are irregularities or non-compliance, and to urgently establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry on pesticides approvals. They also request that future decisions on pesticides approval should be made not only by the agriculture minister but also by the ministry of environment and ministry of health.

Link to the press release (FR) and press coverage here

Link to the full report (FR) here

Originally posted on 10 May 2013

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